Batsman offers new dimension to Twenty20 matches

Ajinkya Rahane does not lack power, but that is not his main asset. He scores runs with the same strokes he would use in the longer, slower versions of the game.

updated: May 04, 2012 18:40 IST
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Twenty20, the newest and shortest of cricket's three formats, favors the game's sluggers.

When the aim is to score the most runs in the shortest time, these are the men teams in the lucrative Indian Premier League value - ferociously powerful hitters like the West Indians Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, England's Kevin Pietersen or India's Virender Sehwag. (Also see: Pics- New dimensions in hairstyles)

There is, however, another way to Twenty20 batting success, as illustrated by a glance at the statistics for the fifth edition of the I.P.L. Gayle and Sehwag are indeed where you would expect to find them, close to the top of the list of the highest run scorers.

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